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My Ancestors’ Keys

When I was a child in Havana, we lived half a block away from the Patronato, also known as Temple Beth Shalom, the Jewish community center built on the eve of the Cuban revolution of 1959. I was too young when we left Cuba to remember it...

The Body as Layered Divinity

I am a practitioner in the Afro-Cuban spiritual-religious tradition, Regla de Ocha-Ifá. What is the tradition, you might ask? You might be familiar with Regla de Ocha-Ifá as Lukumí...

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The Eyes of Chávez

The Eyes of Chávez

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In France, working on my doctoral thesis on architecture and the city, I found that my research brought me closer to my homeland after six years of investigation into the Venezuelan context.

The Political Life of Statues

The Political Life of Statues

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The pedestal, devoid of the monument that once crowned it, tells us of a kingdom that no longer exists; the fallen bust at its base immersed in the sand is of a ruler that no one remembers anymore…

The Statues of Hugo Chávez

The Statues of Hugo Chávez

It has been eight years since the death of Hugo Chávez. Given the public knowledge of the former Venezuelan president’s battle with cancer and the speculation stirred up by his absence in the political scene in the months prior to his death, the announcement of his passing…

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The Endurance of Age

The Endurance of Age

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Growing old in the hills of Nueva Esperanza, southeast of Lima, Peru,  has never been easy, even before the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. This settlement in the district of Villa María del Triunfo was established in a sandy area in the 1950s as a solution to the housing…

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The Venezuelan Gold Rush

The Venezuelan Gold Rush

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Control by armed criminal groups, sexual abuse of women and children, slavery, child labor, mercury poisoning, malaria outbreaks, malnutrition, torture, forced disappearances, forced

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